Ruff, Sabres again make all the right moves

Updated: May 25, 2006, 12:44 AM ET
By E.J. Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- When Sabres coach Lindy Ruff was pondering lineup changes after a Game 2 loss in Carolina, he came upon the idea of inserting long-forgotten defenseman Jeff Jillson into the lineup.

Jillson, a first-round draft pick (14th overall) of the Sharks in 1999, spent most of the season with the club's AHL affiliate in Rochester. Ruff figured Jillson's right-hand shot would help replace injured veteran Teppo Numminen on the power play.

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